Ida R. Previte
1926 ∼ 2019
Ida (Barbacano) Previte, passed away on October 19, 2019 at the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield. She was born and raised in Boston MA, the daughter of Lucia and Sabino Barbacano. She was the last surviving member of the six total siblings. Ida and her siblings were very close throughout her life, bonded by the challenges of growing up during the Great Depression. As a young woman she studied millinery and sewing at Boston's Girls Trade High School. After completing school she worked in the garment district of Boston's South End and became quite a skilled seamstress. During this time just prior to World War II she dated her future husband Peter Previte. After Peter returned from Naval duty at the end of the war, they continued to see each other and eventually married in 1947. The couple settled in Medford, MA and raised two daughters Sandra and Lucille.
Ida and her family enjoyed the summers at Cape Cod, making the trip at every opportunity. She and Peter eventually settled in Falmouth, MA and remained there to enjoy the peaceful post-retirement life they had always planned. She was an avid gardener, bird watcher, and a terrific cook (one that would be happy to give away any of her secret recipes). She was a country girl in many respects and loved to do crafts, flower arrangements and artwork. Oil painting was something she learned while vacationing in Florida. Ida was married to Peter a total of 53 years. She faithfully cared for him during his later years as his Parkinson's disease progressed. She volunteered as a coordinating member at the local Parkinson's Support Group for the town of Falmouth, where the couple met many new friends. She enjoyed her gardening hobby well into old age and remained quite active even after the passing of her husband Peter in 2000. The couple were blessed with 5 grandchildren. They always enjoyed the family visits and, of course, Ida loved to spoil the little ones with treats from the kitchen. She always enjoyed her Falmouth home and the kind and friendly neighbors who became her family. For years they helped her to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Ida too was always willing to help others and was a good listener. She wrote thoughtful letters to keep in touch with friends old and new, and never forgot a birthday. She was a person of strong faith who always tried her best to be her best. Her favorite charity was The Salvation Army because they were very good to the poor families during her childhood years. Ida leaves behind a family who greatly misses her, but will always remember the lessons she taught through example: be a good friend and take care of one another, always.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 25th from 10:30am-12:30pm, followed by a funeral service at 12:30pm at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:30pm.